Tourists can spend up to 60 seconds on a water lily for a selfie
Every year, a huge number of tourists come to Shuashi Park in the capital of Taiwan – the city of Taipei to see the largest water lilies in the world …
And some even manage to take pictures while sitting on a plant.
You should sit on a special litter for no more than 60 seconds
Huge leaves of water lilies are able to withstand a load of up to 65 kg.
Children and miniature adults can climb a water lily for a photo. But staying on the leaves is allowed no more than 60 seconds, it is also necessary to sit on a special bedding.
Victoria Amazon – water tropical plant of the Pitcher family
Amazonian Victoria belongs to the Pitcher family, grows on water in a tropical climate. The plant was brought to Taiwan from the Amazon and is grown in Taipei, Taoyuan, Tainan and other cities.
Plant flowers hide under water and appear on the surface only once a year
The flowers of the largest water lily are under water, appearing on the surface only once a year. The plant blooms for 2-3 days. White flowers 20-30 cm in size open in the evening and hide under water in the morning of the next day, appearing again only in the afternoon. On the second day of flowering, their color becomes pale pink, and then changes to dark crimson or purple. The life of a water lily in the wild can reach 5 years.
Flowers of pale white color with a diameter of 20-30 cm
To plant a plant is very difficult. It cannot live at too high temperatures, or near many animals. Park workers are constantly struggling with snails that damage the leaves of young water lilies.
It is extremely difficult to grow a water lily
The plant was discovered in 1832. For a long time, they tried to breed Victoria Amazonian unsuccessfully. And only in the middle of the XIX century the water lily bloomed for the first time in the botanical garden of Kew Gardens (England) and Ghent (Belgium). In Russia, a water lily was first grown in 1864 in the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden.